Health Information Technical Standards

What are Health Information Technical Standards?

Health Information Technical Standards support the interoperability of systems and the meaningful sharing of data. Interoperability is the ability of health information systems to share and understand data in a structured format. By sharing data in a structured format using predefined standards, health information systems can process and understand data received from other computers.

Interoperability facilitates and enables health information systems to work together within and across organizational boundaries in order to advance the effective delivery of healthcare.

Standards in this area include data definitions, clinical concepts and terminologies, classification and terminology standards, messaging specifications, the Electronic Health Record, and security standards.

What work is HIQA doing in this area?

We are developing Health Information Technical Standards to ensure that there is consistency in capturing and sharing of health information records. We have provided guidance on both messaging standards and classification and terminology standards for Ireland and are currently focusing our efforts in the area of ePrescribing and electronic transfer of prescriptions and SNOMED CT.

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